We’re big fans of free information, which is why we post plenty of updates on the QNet blog to keep you in the know! But sometimes you have to take what you read on the Internet with a pinch of salt, especially if you’re getting the news from sources like Wikipedia.

First of all, do you know who writes the articles on Wikipedia? Anyone! The authors are regular members of the public, people like you and me. As a result, info on Wiki can be easily edited, and may not always be accurate.

The fact is, Wikipedia itself warns readers that Wikipedia is not regarded as a reliable source. If you’re doing research for a paper or article, take note that Wikipedia is also not considered a credible source for academic use. That’s why “citation of Wikipedia in research papers is considered unacceptable”.

Wikipedia’s neutral point-of-view (NPOV) policy also states that “editing from a NPOV representing fairly, proportionately, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published by reliable sources.” This makes editing entries difficult for a company representative or anyone who isn’t neutral to the business.

For example, QNet’s Wikipedia entry was written by the general public, and not by us. It may contain comments that are positive or negative, or even worse, not entirely true.

So the next time you think you’ve read the ultimate truth online, be careful. If you want to be safe, make sure the news comes from an official QNet source, like this QNet blog!